Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Should i buy a kit lens ?

Depends on your need. There will be always Pros and Cons for buying it. Here is some that i know:

  • Cheap ! Good value if you're on a budget.
  • Good usable zoom range - you would never need to change lenses for a lot of occasions
  • Unfortunately , image quality not as good as more expensive lenses
  • build quality can be fairly basic ( plastic )
  • slow maximum aperture - Autofocus and hand held exposures suffer in low light. But some lenses come with Image Stabilisation or Vibration Reduction technology , making up for the relatively slow maxium aperture.

Some known kit lenses availaible in the market:
  • Canon 18-55mm IS
  • Canon 17-85mm IS
  • Nikon 18-55mm EDII
  • Nikon 18-55mm VR
  • Nikon 18-70mm ED
  • Pentax 18-55mm
  • Samsung 18-55mm
  • Olympus 14-42mm
  • Sigma 18-50mm

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